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Flight tone characterisation of the South American malaria vector Anopheles darlingi (Diptera: Culicidae)

March 18, 2021 - 16:05 -- Open Access
Montoya JP, Pantoja-Sánchez H, Gomez S, Avila FW, Alfonso-Parra C
Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2021 Mar 13;116:e200497

Flight tones play important roles in mosquito reproduction. Several mosquito species utilise flight tones for mate localisation and attraction. Typically, the female wingbeat frequency (WBF) is lower than males, and stereotypic acoustic behaviors are instrumental for successful copulation. Mosquito WBFs are usually an important species characteristic, with female flight tones used as male attractants in surveillance traps for species identification. Anopheles darlingi is an important Latin American malaria vector, but we know little about its mating behaviors.

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